Social Media Surprise: The accounts the top golfers on Twitter follow
August 7, 2017
It shouldn’t be surprising that, among the top golfers on Twitter, there aren’t very many active users of the social media service.
That whole ‘being good at golf’ thing takes a lot of time, apparently, and the total lack or reward/timesucking element of social has top players pretty dialled back.
Were it not for sponsors and the behest of the Tour, it’s likely most of these guys wouldn’t even be on social media. What’s to be gained, ultimately, beyond frustration? And any benefit from the ‘social’ element is eroded by the blandness necessitated by being a PGA Tour golfer.
That said, as long as a player is following more than one Twitter account, we can assume he has some agency in who he follows, and (periodically at least) scrolls his feed. So here are some of the more interesting follows from the best golfers in the world (based on the Official World Golf Ranking).
Note: Hideki Matsuyama isn’t on Twitter/pretty sure Mr. “I hate with my girlfriend” isn’t him. Although, if it is, this is arguably the greatest athlete Twitter ever.
Following 500. Rahm’s handle in college was something like LittleJRMaza, which is better than JohnRahmpga. (Why not capitalize “PGA”?). He follows a healthy number of accounts, but has dialed back his Twitter use since going pro. Definitely went on a following spree of fellow PGA Tour pros and sponsors recently...follows nearly all PGA Tour pros on Twitter. Basque Club of Utah. Kendrick Lamar. Spanish stuff. Nature is Scary. Survival Tips. Funny. Perfectly Timed Pics. Lots of girls (presumably from his college days). (Photo source: Twitter)
Following 17. Soccer. Some Spanish Athletes. Angela Akins (obviously). Sponsors. While Garcia is a fairly active Twitterer, he’s definitely not spending hours browsing his feed. (Photo source: Twitter)
Following 366. A real hodge podge from the Ulsterman: Journalists. Soccer players. Coldplay (barf). Sponsors. CrossFit! No Laying Up. Tons of Irish rugby. Quotes & Sayings. RIVERDANCE. Banksy. Donald AND Ivanka Trump. Ed Sheeran. Sports. Brands. Athletes. Rihanna. The Rock. Golfers aplenty. Surprisingly, he doesn’t follow his rival Brandel Chamblee. (Photo source: Twitter)
Following 337. A couple of interesting recent follows from The Open champ: Showtime’s Billions. Taylor Swift. Quite an assortment otherwise: Awesome Inventions. Tom Hanks. NASA. Julie Cohen (the mom on Modern Family). Total Frat Move. Things White Folks Like. Recipe GIFs. Two accounts of his girlfriend (Annie Verret), neither of which it appears she uses (Photo source: Twitter)
Following 101 Almost everyone DJ follows is a sponsor, tour player, or journalist. He does follow Donald Trump, for what that’s worth...and Kid Rock. Pretty doubtful DJ has any involvement with his Twitter. (Photo source: Twitter)